Recall Roundup: Mini Airbags, VW Ignition Switches, Nissan Airbag Inflators, Audi Sunroofs

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Volkswagen is recalling almost 21,000 2009-2010 Routan minivans over concerns with their ignition switches. The key might be easily knocked out of the Run position; if that happens, several safety systems might disappear, including the airbags, power steering, and power brakes. This isn't technically Volkswagen's recall, because the Routan was built on the Chrysler Town & Country architecture, and that van has already been recalled by FCA itself.

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Uber Takes Tipsy Torontonians Home for Free to Curb Drunk Driving

Be Uber Safe, drink and ride when you've had one too many.

In a clever marketing campaign aimed at combating drunk driving, Uber gave free rides to dozens of individuals who failed a breathalyzer test. The livery service teamed up with Breathometer, a company that makes breath analysis hardware to connect to your smartphone, to build the world's first portable breath analysis platform. Uber tested out their curbside breathalyzer in Toronto, paying the fares for inebriated individuals who tested out their machine.

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Teen Distracted Driving Is Worse Than We Thought According to New AAA Study

6 out of 10 teen crashes are due to distracted driving.

Teens have long held a bad rap when it comes to driving safety, but data repeatedly shows it's one that is well-deserved. And, unfortunately, it looks like teen driving abilities are actually worse than we thought, according to a new study. Teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. In 2013, just under one million (963,000) drivers ages 16-19 were involved in police-reported crashes.

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Recall Roundup: Nissan Fuel Pumps, BMW Fuel Pumps, Viper Doors, and More

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

FCA has issued a recall for 1,762 examples of the 2013-2014 Dodge Viper for issues relating to the car's doors. Evidently, a few owners have complained that their Vipers' doors are either opening at speed or not closing all the way. After some digging, FCA discovered that a supplier's sealant allowed moisture to get in the door handles, which can cause a short circuit.

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Recall Roundup: Chevrolet Switches, Buick and Chevrolet Rim Stickers

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

General Motors' second recall this week involves the 2015 Buick Encore and the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, together totaling about 20,000 units. These vehicles are being recalled for violation of a federal regulation regarding the placement of wheel-rim stickers. In this case, the recalled vehicles lack a sticker that provides size information, which - surprise, surprise - is federally mandated.

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Recall Roundup: One from BMW, Two from Mercedes-Benz, Three from Ford

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

The first Mercedes-Benz recall this week affects 3,039 examples of the 2015 C300 4MATIC and C400 4MATIC. This actually covers two different issues, both of which are related to the part of the fuel tank that works to deliver the gasoline. A locking plate might not seal correctly, resulting in a fuel leak, and pinched electrical wires might cause the fuel pump to fail.

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